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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Chlorine vs. Saltwater Pools: Which One is Right for You?


    There are many pros and cons to both chlorine and saltwater pools, and for some people choosing between the two can be a difficult decision. Ultimately, it’s about which works best for you and your family. Here are some insights into the differences between the two, to help you make the best decision.

    Saltwater Pools: Saltwater pools use dissolved salt in the water to generate chlorine. The saltwater chlorine generator creates a process called electrolysis to break down or separate the sale, also known as sodium chloride or NaCl. The chemical reaction created by the process produces chlorine in the form of sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid, meaning a saltwater pool is not chlorine free, it just uses a chlorine generator instead of liquid chlorine, often used in traditional pools.

    Chlorine Pools: Chlorine pools use a liquid or granule chlorine solution that you pour into the water. The solution then breaks down into multiple chemicals that kill microorganisms and bacteria. Once the chemicals are done cleaning the pool, they either combine with other chemicals or are broken down into single atoms, either way, rendering the chlorine harmless. Sunlight speeds up the process, and chlorine must be added more often.

    Gentle on the Skin: Saltwater pools are known to be gentler on the skin than chlorine. Fewer individuals have reported irritation from saltwater and it tends to not have quite as an abrasive feel that chlorine does when it touches the skin. Although saltwater pools are not completely chlorine free, they are only about a tenth of the salinity of the ocean. This means saltwater pools don’t leave you with a salty feeling when you get out of the water nor does it have the taste ocean water does if it gets in your mouth. In fact, saltwater pools have approximately the same amount of salt as the human tear. This low salt level makes it easy for kids to open their eyes under water and not experience pain.

    Maintenance: Saltwater swimming pools tend to have a higher up-front cost because there is a large amount of salt needed to get the pool’s chemical levels ready for swimming. Once you achieve the correct balance, less salt is needed, overtime, to maintain the correct chlorine levels than traditional chlorine solutions. However, the permanent presence of saltwater can cause damage to pool toys, over time. To avoid this problem, when you’re done in the pool for the day remove all of the pool toys from the water. You can wipe them off or let them air dry as well.

    Having your own pool is a great source of entertainment and joy in the home, and with the introduction of saltwater chlorination systems there are now more options for maintaining the cleanliness of your home pool. There are both benefits and drawbacks to chlorine and saltwater pools, but depending on your own individual needs, one might be better for your lifestyle than the other.

    We hope this blog post helps you in your decision making process. If you have any more questions about which kind of pool is right for you, visit our FAQs page, or contact us today!




  • Featured Product: 4-Piece Cushioned Patio Set



    The best way to make the most of your time with your pool is to enjoy it with floats, noodles, snacks, and your favorite people! But beverages and food near your pool is certainly not the safest idea. Keep it on the side for those swimming breaks or as you watch your kiddos swim away!

    One of the many products that Pools & Stuff offers is a 4-piece cushioned patio set. The set of furniture includes two, oversized armchairs, a loveseat and a coffee table… the perfect place to put those snacks! Available in two different colors, five-inch thick plush polyfill cushions come with your chairs and loveseat, letting you relax and enjoy your time to soak up the sun. These cushions are both mildew and moisture resistant, easy to remove and can be machine-washed.

    The items are relatively lightweight, keeping it easy to move if you decide to store the furniture up for the winter or move it from the deck or patio closer to the pool. These pieces are perfect for having some friends over to enjoy the summer nights with some drinks on the coffee table, or just for when you’re watching your kids swim about. You can even snooze away in the sun, as the cushions have been treated with UV inhibitors to help minimize fading from that strong summer sun. Just don’t forget to lather on that sunscreen before you lay out!

    Like the cushions, the table and chair structures have been made to last you several summers out by the pool. Made from corrosion-resistant cast aluminum material, these pieces are bound to survive the wind, rain, and splashes by the pool. The powder coating finish on all pieces allows resistance to scratching, keeping your furniture in good shape.

    The options are endless for how you can enjoy your summer with the Sereno Bay 4-piece patio set. It’s the perfect addition to your patio or deck, giving a comfy space for the family to enjoy after a day spent in the water, or for the friends looking to kick back after a long day in the office. You can easily pair this furniture set with one of the many umbrellas offered at Pools & Stuff to give you a little shade from the sun or to help the kiddos catch a break from the rays in their time out of the pool. You even have the option to pair it with an umbrella with lights, to give you some light at night during those night swimming sessions.

    Outdoor furniture is a great way to add entertainment space to your home. Move the party to the backyard with extra seating space and a place to put food and drinks. Why not make the most of your summers and your time with family and friends by the pool? You and your family are bound to enjoy those afternoon snacks between swimming sessions and lazy, relaxing nights lounging under the stars with this four-piece patio set. Just say hello to a happy summer!




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